The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University and The Columbus School are proud to announce a new partnership. The Columbus School will now be a designated regional partner of The Ray Center in order to deliver CHARACTER COUNTS! and Pursuing Victory With Honor initiatives, including comprehensive trainings and implementation support throughout Colombia.

“In 2014, The Columbus School began implementing the CHARACTER COUNTS! program as a comprehensive effort by staff and parents to promote the Six Pillars of Character,” said Dr. Ruth Allen, superintendent of The Columbus School. “CHARACTER COUNTS! has become part of the DNA of the school, and we look forward to continuing the work of growing our program while simultaneously supporting other schools in the region to do the same.”

“The Columbus School has been a leader in CHARACTER COUNTS! in Colombia and is a natural selection for our first international regional partner, said Scott Raecker, executive director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center. “Their CHARACTER COUNTS! programs expertise in the region will positively impact families, schools, and communities.”

For questions about CHARACTER COUNTS! in Colombia, please contact Dr. Will Pulgarin at

About The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University
Through public awareness and programming grounded in research, The Ray Center helps create strong, vibrant communities that value positive, healthy relationships and respectful behavior. The Ray Center is proud to be home of CHARACTER COUNTS!, which provides a meaningful, measurable, and sustainable framework to help PK-12 schools and organization focus on character, social-emotional, and academic skills and shape a positive culture. Learn more at